Welcome to Asheville, NC
If you enjoy street art, Asheville overflows with colorful murals from talented artists. Art is on everything from restaurants, businesses, and various architectural elements. Some is even sprinkled throughout the urban landscape on concrete piers. Go to Foundation Walls where you’ll find “Stay True” on the side of an old silo with a sprinkling of social messages expressed, as well.
Foundation Walls is a project created with the city to provide street artists a space to create in while still complying with city rules and ordinances. As I read the article about the owner and how this space came to be, I found out that I happen to be a “graffiti tourist”, I honestly didn’t know there was a word for it. I just love the creativity and towns that come up with spaces like this.
They managed to come up with some clear rules for the space:
- A sign posted on the property will detail which buildings are approved for painting.
- All who wish to paint at the Foundation Walls gallery must obtain a permission slip from Foundation Studios.
- Permission slips must be present when painting.
- Hours of painting will be from sunrise to sundown.
- There will be rules for restricted content, such as content that depicts racism, hate, extreme violence, profanity or pornography.
The River Arts District is a short ride away from Downtown Asheville. Along French Broad River, there is an artist community tucked into converted warehouses. Buildings adorned with murals, bright color palettes, and mixed media sculptures on display. Studios, galleries, and restaurants throughout surprise you with their passionate expressions of creativity. You can pick up a map at any of the studios, although, if walking, keep in mind that some streets may not have sidewalks.
This Graphic Tour does not represent all the beautiful masterpieces you’ll find in Asheville. Yet, it does contain many striking pieces to please the wandering eye.
Much of the gallery below is found specifically in the River Arts District. If you start at Pleb Urban Winery at 289 Lyman St, Asheville, NC 28801, you’ll pass the RAD skatepark as you head towards the Foundation Walls Project at 339 Old Lyman St, Asheville, NC 28801.
In the area:
12 Bones Smokehouse River
310 Art LLC – classes, workshops, and gallery. Can’t make it to Asheville, NC? No worries, 310 Art has interactive zoom classes for you to enjoy creating at home.
The Village Potters Clay Center
Riverview Station – over 60 artists representing various mediums from textiles to photography and sculptures.
River Arts District
Continue on Lyman and head to Pink Dog Creative at 342-348 Depot St, Asheville, NC 28801. Find a place to park and just enjoy a nice walk down this street and when you’re done, stop at Ultra Coffeebar (242 Clingman Ave Ext, Asheville, NC 28801) for some amazing vegan friendly options like a FIG + BRIE | PRESSED CIABATTA (Black Mission Fig / Brie / Green Apple / Arugula)
Don’t leave without a
Wake the h*ll up!
Espresso + Mexican coke + vanilla bean syrup
I am definitely smitten with their menu and so happy the food exceeded the expectations.
Next, turn down Haywood Rd and head over to Hole Doughnuts at 168 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806 (check the hours if you’re planning on having a treat). You’ll find the iconic billy goat on the side of Taco Billy at 201 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806. In this area, you’ll find some tasty food options and more art in every corner.
For more street art from around the world, check out Google Art Project. Although, you won’t find Asheville on it for some strange reason. Hopefully, that changes soon.